One of the drill holes in the Forest Red Gum where poison is thought to have been used.
One of the drill holes in the Forest Red Gum where poison is thought to have been used. Supplied

Council to shame tree killers

A SIGN fixed to a dead tree stump may be erected in a leafy Banora Point suburban street in a bid to shame the vandals who poisoned the tree.

Tweed Shire councillors are today due to consider the proposal, which follows similar signs erected along the Tweed Coast in areas where trees were cut down or poisoned apparently to improve views of the ocean.

Under the latest plans part of the dead tree trunk, several metres high, would be left in place in Shady Lane, Banora Point and have a sign mounted on it.

Council staff have recommended the sign should advise the public that the tree was killed in an act of vandalism and request information from the community on the poisoning.

Staff inspected the large, mature forest red gum in response to a call saying it was diseased and suffering from dieback.

“Upon inspection several drill marks approximately eight millimetres in diameter were noted in the base of the tree indicating the tree had been deliberately poisoned, supported by the fact that the pattern of dieback in the tree matches the drill area,” they said.



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